Iraq News and Information Links June 15 2004
SABOTEURS strike Iraq's oil industry, shut down exports from…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
BASRA, Iraq : A pipeline attack shut down oil exports from southern Iraq
in the latest strike by saboteurs bent on crippling the country's economy
only two…

ATTACK on oil pipelines cuts Iraq's oil exports; convoy attacked…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Insurgents stepped up their campaign against Iraq's
infrastructure Tuesday, blasting two oil pipelines, cutting the country's
oil exports…

SABOTEURS blast Iraq's oil, test government
New Zealand Herald – Auckland,New Zealand
BAGHDAD – Insurgents stepped up pressure on Iraq's new interim government
on Tuesday with another blow to the vital oil industry just two weeks
before a formal…

IRAQ Wants US to Hand Over Saddam by June 30
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: Iraq's interim prime minister says the United States will
hand over Saddam Hussein to Iraqi authorities by the end of the US-led
occupation on…

ALLAWI: Iraq Negotiating For Saddam
Tehran Times – Tehran,Iran
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Iraq's interim prime minister said Tuesday the fledgling
government “is currently negotiating” with coalition authorities for the

AMERICAN optimism still abounds on Iraq
By Howard Mortman. As the 101st Airborne Division marched into Najaf, Iraq,
early in April 2003, the New York Times caught up with a liberated local.

MUSLIMS meet on Iraq government
The Australian – Australia
FOREIGN ministers from Muslim countries met overnight to decide whether
to support the new interim government in Iraq and how security in the
country – where…,5744,9860253%255E1702,00.htm

IRAQ abuse ordered from the top
Al Jazeera – World
… Top US commander for Iraq, Gen Ricardo Sanchez, should be asked what
he knew about the abuse, she told BBC Radio 4's On The Ropes programme.

OIL Pipeline, Contractors Convoy Attacked In Iraq
Radio Free Europe – Prague,Czech Republic
The southern pipeline has been Iraq's main export route ever since the
US-led invasion. Repeated sabotage attacks have forced Iraq…

ARMY'S No. 2 nominated to head Iraq force
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
… Jr., the Army vice chief of staff, has been nominated for a newly created
post that would make him the top US commander and only four-star general
in Iraq.…

KIDNAPPERS in Iraq allow Turkish hostage to call home, two other…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) Kidnappers in Iraq allowed a Turkish hostage Tuesday
to telephone his family to tell them he would be held until Turkish officials

IRAQ Wants Hussein, Bush Vague on Timetable
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… two weeks until the transfer of sovereignty to a new Iraqi government
from the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority, coalition authorities
in Iraq today said…,1,135932.story?coll=la-home-headlines

COALITION convoy attacked in Iraq
Toronto Star – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
… spokesman said. Insurgents also attacked two oil pipelines in southern
Iraq, cutting exports from the south by half, officials said. The…

POLICY on Iraq stays ˜ Palace
Philippine Star – Manila,Philippines
The government‚s policy of helping US-led coalition forces in the post-war
reconstruction of Iraq has not changed despite the death of another Filipino

SABOTEURS Blast Iraq's Oil, Test Government
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Insurgents stepped up pressure on Iraq's new interim
government on Tuesday with another blow to the vital oil industry just
two weeks…

CLARIFICATION: Iraq-Al-Zarqawi story
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
… The Associated Press reported that Islamic Web sites posted the text
of a letter purportedly to Osama bin Laden from the leader of militants
in Iraq saying his…

IRAQ President Sees Political Role for Sadr
Reuters – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's interim president urged firebrand Shi'ite cleric
Moqtada al-Sadr on Tuesday to lay down his arms and enter politics, a

IRAQ Will Remain Dangerous for US Troops, General Says
Reuters – USA
… The global war on terrorism is like fighting cancer, the US Army's
top general said on Tuesday, and he saw no reduction in danger for US
troops in Iraq after a…

EX-POLISH hostage recalls Iraq captivity
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA
… said his Iraqi captors believed he worked with the CIA and were about
to kill him but relented in hopes of pressuring Poland to pull its troops
from Iraq.…

IRAQ Prisoner Abuse Copied Methods Used at Guantanamo Bay ,…
Bloomberg – USA
… The US top commander in Iraq, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, is
being reassigned as part of a normal rotation and it has nothing to do
with the prison…

IRAQ against contractors' immunity
The Australian – Australia
IRAQI authorities are reluctant to grant legal immunity to the thousands
of foreign civilians who will work in Iraq after the transfer of power
from the US-led…,5744,9856290%255E1702,00.html

SADR could join politics: Iraq leader
The Australian – Australia
SHIITE firebrand Moqtada Sadr could join national politics if he is found
innocent of murder charges and agrees to disband his militia, Iraq's new

Sky News – UK
Tony Blair has insisted that he had been right to take military action
against Iraq. Despite Labour's poor showing in the local…,,30100-13129417,00.html

ISLAMIC Countries Approve New Iraq Gov't
Guardian – UK
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) – Iraq's interim government received a boost Tuesday
when its neighbors welcomed the transfer of sovereignty in that country
at the end…,1280,-4206709,00.html

SADDAM to be handed over to Iraq in two weeks, PM says
CBC News – Canada
BAGHDAD – Deposed leader Saddam Hussein and thousands of prisoners being
held by US forces will be handed over to Iraq by the end of the month,
Iraq's interim…

BRITAIN Says Probing New Iraq Prisoner Abuse Claim
Reuters – USA
… had been received from the International Committee of the Red Cross
about the treatment of prisoners captured after a battle on May 14 in
southern Iraq.…

IRAQ Wants Saddam by End of the Month
Guardian – UK
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – The new Iraqi government wants custody of Saddam Hussein
and all other prisoners by the time sovereignty is handed over at the
end of this…,1280,-4206429,00.html

SADDAM lawyer terms Iraq government illegal, denounces trial plan
Channel News Asia – Singapore
AMMAN : Saddam Hussein's leading lawyer denounced as illegal, plans by
Iraq's interim government to take over and put on trial the ousted former

IRAQ prisoners “like dogs”: US official told general
Xinhua – China
LONDON, June 15 (Xinhuanet) — A US general once in charge of the Abu Ghraib
prison in Iraq has told the BBC that a US military intelligence official
told her…

IRAQ'S interim president says the United States is eager to hand…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) President Bush is eager to hand over Saddam Hussein,
but Iraq must have adequate security guarantees in place before the government
can take…

WASHINGTON Post Releases Dog Bite Iraq Prison Pics
Pakistan News Service – Lahore,Pakistan
PHOTO 1: “An unmuzzled dog appears to be used to frighten a detainee at
Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Two military dog handlers told…

Voice of America – Washington,DC,USA
As the US-led coalition moves to turn over sovereignty to an interim government
on June 30th, terrorist violence continues in Iraq.…

IRAQ'S neighbours welcoming
The Australian – Australia
IRAQ'S fragile interim government received a boost today when Iraq's neighbours
welcomed the planned transfer of sovereignty in that country at the end
of June…,5744,9857739%255E1702,00.html

PIPELINE Blast Cuts Iraq's Southern Oil Exports
The Scotsman – Edinburgh,Scotland,UK
Two explosions damaged oil pipelines in southern Iraq, cutting oil exports
from the region by half. The Iraqi South Oil Company…

IRAQ hopes to file charges against Saddam before handover; convoy…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) Iraqi authorities hope to file criminal charges against
Saddam Hussein and others in the former regime before the June 30 transfer

US, Iraq fight for despot
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
THE US will hand Saddam Hussein and other detainees to Iraq's new government
by the end of the month, according to Iraq's interim Prime Minister.…,5478,9853970%255E663,00.html

AUDITORS Take Aim at Halliburton's Work in Iraq
Reuters – USA
… President Dick Cheney's old company Halliburton on Tuesday and said
they found “significant deficiencies” in its handling of billions of dollars
of work in Iraq…

IRAQ: Bush wants to hand over Saddam – MI,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) ˜ President Bush is eager to hand over Saddam Hussein,
but Iraq must have adequate security guarantees in place before it can
take custody…

WILL Iraq's Allawi Use An Iron Fist?
By Stanley Reed in London. Ayad Allawi's friends describe the Prime Minister
appointed on June 2 to head Iraq's new interim government in the same

SABOTEURS hit Iraq's oil lifeline
Reuters – London,England,UK
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Saboteurs have struck a new blow to Iraq's vital oil
industry, cutting exports to a third of their previous level, shippers

'ZARQAWI note' admits Iraq strife
BBC News – London,England,UK
Suspected militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has purportedly written to Osama
Bin Laden to admit his fighters face a struggle against US forces in Iraq.

ASIA worried about Iraq, fears oil spike will slow growth rates
ABS CBN News – Quezon City,Philippines
KUALA LUMPUR – High energy prices could check Asia‚s growth rates and
trigger a global slowdown, while ongoing violence in Iraq is holding back
one of the…

DEATH, Fury In Iraq
Hartford Courant (subscription) – Hartford,CT,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The scene Monday resembled a firestorm of rage against
America's presence in Iraq, an uncontrolled fury not before seen in downtown

IRAQ jail chief told to treat inmates “like dogs”
Reuters – London,England,UK
LONDON (Reuters) – The US general in charge of Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq
was told by a military intelligence commander that detainees should be
treated like…

USE Ballots Not Bullets, Iraq President Tells Sadr
Wired News – USA
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Fiery Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr can join Iraqi
politics after the US-led occupation ends on June 30, Iraq's interim president
said on…

BRITON killed in Iraq was ex-soldier
Guardian – UK
… Both men were working for Olive Security, a London-based firm that
employs former members of the UK special forces and has around 300 members
of staff in Iraq.…,2763,1239253,00.html

ADVANCE team may leave for Iraq late this month
Korea Herald – Seoul,South Korea
The first batch of South Korea's 3,000 troop contingent may leave for Iraq
as early as the end of this month, as the government is speeding up its
plan to help…

US To Hand Over Saddam To Iraq Within 2 Weeks For Trial
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Baghdad, June 15 (NNN): The United States would hand over deposed Iraqi
president Saddam Hussein and other detainees for trial to the new Iraqi
government over…

IRAQ must have a leadership Iraqis can respect
Financial Times – London,England,UK
The unanimous passage of a new United Nations Security Council resolution
on Iraq last week, together with the appointment of an interim Iraqi government

IRAQ 'ready' to hold Saddam
Sydney Morning Herald – Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
The head of Iraq's special tribunal on war crimes, Salem Chalabi, said
today the country will soon have a detention centre ready to hold jailed
dictator Saddam…

MORE Questions Raised Over Halliburton Iraq Deal
NPR (audio) – USA
Description: New evidence suggests that Vice President Dick Cheney's office
may have had more influence over an Iraq oil reconstruction contract awarded

IRAQ Abuse More Like Scene At Guantanamo: Suspended Commander
IndoLink – San Ramon,CA,USA
Top US commander for Iraq, General Ricardo Sanchez, should be asked what
he knew about the abuse, she told BBC Radio 4's On The Ropes programme.

SDF troops in Iraq won't serve under commander of multinational…
Mainichi Shimbun – Tokyo,Japan
Self-Defense Force (SDF) troops to be dispatched to join multinational
forces in Iraq will be placed under the command of the Japanese government
and operate…

ADVANCED Team Expected to Leave for Iraq This Month
Korea Times – Seoul,South Korea
By Ryu Jin. The first contingent of South Korean soldiers may leave for
Iraq later this month, according to government sources on Tuesday.…

SADR lieutenant captured in Iraq
TVNZ – New Zealand
… The US-led administration in Iraq says Sadr must surrender to an Iraqi
arrest warrant in connection with the murder of a rival cleric in Najaf
last year.…

TWO Lebanese Taken Hostage in Iraq
Reuters – USA
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Kidnappers in Iraq have taken two more Lebanese men
hostage and are demanding a ransom for their release, a Foreign Office
official in…

21 killed in 3 bombings across Iraq
Detroit Free Press – Detroit,MI,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Crowds rejoiced over the car bombing of a convoy of Westerners
that left 13 people dead Monday, dancing around a charred body and shouting

IRAQ'S Foreign Contractors in Cross Hairs of Insurgents
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… bombing that killed 13 people here Monday, including five contractors,
was the latest in a series of attacks targeting foreigners who are trying
to rebuild Iraq…,1,5290348.story?coll=la-headlines-world

CORVALLIS soldier killed in Iraq ambush
Corvallis Gazette Times – Corvallis,OR,USA
The Oregon soldier killed Sunday in a bomb attack in Iraq was identified
as a 24-year-old Corvallis man and a 1998 graduate of Philomath High School.

PRIME minister says Iraq wants United States to hand over Saddam…
Boston Globe – Boston,MA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) The new Iraqi government wants custody of Saddam Hussein
and all other prisoners by the time sovereignty is handed over at the
end of this…

IRAQ abuse 'came from Guantanamo'
BBC News – London,England,UK
… Top US commander for Iraq, Gen Ricardo Sanchez, should be asked what
he knew about the abuse, she told BBC Radio 4's On The Ropes programme.

IRAQ Briefs
Houston Chronicle – Houston,TX,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq — A US Army court will hold pretrial hearings next week
for three soldiers charged with abusing Iraqi inmates in Abu Ghraib prison,
a coalition…

JAPANESE Troops to Join UN Force in Iraq, Abe Says (Update1)
Bloomberg – USA
June 15 (Bloomberg) — Japanese troops will join a United Nations multinational
force planned for Iraq, Shinzo Abe, secretary general of the ruling Liberal

GOV'T Considers Sending Advance Team to Iraq This Month
Chosun Ilbo – South Korea
The government is considering sending the first batch of additional troops
to Iraq within this month. In a meeting with members…

IRAQ Conflict Disrupts US Plans
Los Angeles Times (subscription) – Los Angeles,CA,USA
… WASHINGTON ˜ The prolonged war in Iraq has frustrated Bush administration
efforts to modernize the US military and has complicated plans to reposition

VIOLENCE increases in Iraq as power shift nears
Atlanta Journal Constitution (subscription) – Atlanta,GA,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq ˜ A car bomb tore through a convoy of sport utility vehicles
Monday, killing at least 13 civilians, including an American and other

IRAQ troops: No rethink between the lines
Times of India – India
NEW DELHI: The controversy over the alleged 'rethink' on the question of
sending Indian soldiers to Iraq may have died down but the government
is still…

US will hand Saddam over to Iraq authorities within two weeks:…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… God willing.”. If so the former dictator would be out of US custody
by the time that sovereignty is returned to Iraq on June 30. In…

CIA Declassifies Most Of Senate Iraq WMD Report
Pakistan News Service – Lahore,Pakistan
WASHINGTON, USA – The CIA has nearly finished declassifying a highly critical
report about prewar intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction

SUICIDE bomber kills 12, new spate of assassinations in Iraq
Cape Times (subscription) – Cape Town,South Africa
… Tighter security measures offered to Iraq's top politicians and security
officials since those attacks may have prompted insurgents to target less

IRAQ a vote loser for Bush's European allies
Asia Times Online – Hong Kong
Support for the Iraq war has dealt British Prime Minister Tony Blair a
series of devastating electoral defeats, while his Italian counterpart
Silvio Berlusconi…

SUICIDE bomber kills 13 in Iraq
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) – Minneapolis,MN,USA
Around the same time, two more bombs exploded, one south of the capital,
one north, killing eight more, making it one of the deadliest days in
Iraq in the past…

NATION Builders and Low Bidders in Iraq
New York Times – USA
… The huge contract has two aspects: Aegis will be the coordination and
management hub for the more than 50 other private security companies in
Iraq, and it will…

LABOR doubt on Iraq plan
Melbourne Herald Sun – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
THE Australian Labor Party's policy fluctuations over the timing of Australian
troops' withdrawal from Iraq can only be of concern to the electorate.,5478,9850332%255E24218,00.html

IRAQ Contractors' Testimony Debated
Washington Post – Washington,DC,USA
By Robert O'Harrow Jr. Mike West arrived in Iraq last September as a labor
supervisor, one of legions of workers hired by oil services giant Halliburton

THIRD Bulgarian peacekeeping contingent to leave for Iraq
Xinhua – China
SOFIA, June 14 (Xinhuanet) — The third Bulgarian peacekeeping contingent
will be leaving for Iraq in the near future to replace the second one
serving in the…

THE CIA and Iraq
New York Times – USA
… anymore in Washington that the Senate Intelligence Committee has produced
a 400-page indictment of the Central Intelligence Agency's bungling on
Iraq and of…

S.KOREA may dispatch advance contingent to Iraq in late June
Xinhua – China
SEOUL, June 15 (Xinhuanet) — The South Korean government may dispatch
troops to Iraq by as early as the end of this month, government sources
was quoted by…

TONGA sends troops to join American forces in Iraq
Xinhua – China
… June 15 (Xinhuanet) — The Pacific island nation Tonga has sent a contingent
of soldiers to the Middle East to join American forces in Iraq, according
to a…

IRAQ Update
New York Times – USA
HAVOC IN BAGHDAD A suicide car bombing killed at least 13 people, including
an American and 4 other foreign contractors. [Page A1…

ANTI-AMERICAN sentiment grows among Kurds in Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
IRBIL, Iraq – (KRT) – In the days since the UN Security Council passed
a resolution governing the restoration of Iraqi sovereignty that has no
overt mention of…

EU reaffirms support for UN resolution on Iraq
Xinhua – China
… 14 (Xinhuanet) — The foreign ministers of the European Union (EU)
issued a statement here on Monday, voicing their support for the UN Resolution
1546 on Iraq.…

NEW Report Finds Problems with Iraq Contracts
Wired News – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The handing out of some early no-competition work
to rebuild Iraq was flawed and US government agencies failed in several
instances to…

FOREIGNERS Killed in Iraq
Arab News – Saudi Arabia
… We remain committed to the reconstruction of Iraq.‰. … There have
been 17 car bombings and a near-daily string of other attacks in Iraq
this month.…

BLAIR tries to reassure MPs but rules out Iraq apology
Independent – London,England,UK
… Mr Blair rejected growing demands from Labour MPs for him to apologise
over the Iraq war, which ministers have blamed for the party's poor showing
in the…

DARK Iraq: the other struggle for power
International Herald Tribune – Paris,France
… and a reliance on by-the-book engineering, the United States has failed
by a wide margin to meet its long-stated goal of reviving Iraq's electricity
output for…

DAY of violence kills 22 people in Iraq, including 16 in Baghdad…
Channel News Asia – Singapore
… Three foreigners were wounded, said new Iraqi prime minister Iyad Allawi,
adding that they had been helping to rebuild Iraq's patchy electricity

RIOTING breaks out after car bombing kills at least 10 in Baghdad
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
BAGHDAD, Iraq – (KRT) – In some of the worst rioting since Baghdad fell
last year, hundreds of Iraqis threw stones at US soldiers, burned an American

CIA Declassifies Most of Senate Iraq WMD Report
Reuters – USA
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The CIA has nearly finished declassifying a highly
critical report about prewar intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction

BRITAIN to court martial four soldiers over Iraq prison abuses
Japan Today – Tokyo,Japan
LONDON ˜ Britain is to court martial four soldiers for allegedly beating
and sexually abusing prisoners in Iraq, Attorney General Peter Goldsmith
said Monday…

IRAQ plans crackdown on insurgency
ABC Online – Australia
Iraq's interim Government is planning a security crackdown in the lead-up
to the official handover of power on June 30. The handover…

TOPEKA organization makes plea for removing troops from Iraq
Kansas City Star (subscription) – Kansas City,MO,USA
… A group of Topeka peace activists called Monday for the return of US
troops from Iraq and a greater role for the United Nations in the Middle
Eastern country.…

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